In 2014 two male penguins at an English Zoo in Kent became fathers after looking after an unhatched egg given to them by zookeepers. They instantly became internationally famous.

The two male Humboldt Penguins called Kermit and Jumbs at Wingham Wildlife Park were made surrogate parents for an egg which was abandoned by its biological parents.

Best parents we’ve ever had

Head of birds and mammals at the park Becky Johnson explained: ‘It was a shame to see the heterosexual pair leave their egg, largely because the male deserted his share of the duties”

Park owner Tony Binskin added “These two have so far proven to be the best penguin parents we have had. But we have had to bring in two new males to keep the balance of the group

“We are still very much starting our breeding efforts with this species, and this is only our second year, but having such good surrogate parents available should we need them is a huge bonus for us.”

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